Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:06 pm

Expression - SMWS 53.93
Age - 1980 25yo
ABV - 55.4%
Colour - Gold .
Nose - Grass , peppermint , apples , a little smoke , not exactly your average CI nose !
Palate - Very strong , peppery , oily , the Antiseptic comes through after a little while .
Finish - Long and strong peppermint .
Comment - Not exactly your average CI at first , the nose throws you but once on the palate......

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:08 pm

I've just added water to dram 2 and it really increases the oilyness and makes it more like the 12 yo OB. The flavours are still good but not as clean/crisp, much duller. On Ganga's scale, the 12 yo OB would rate as a 6/7 with me and the 10 yo OMC as a 9/10.

There really is something brilliant about a young Caol Ila at high strength. My introduction to Caol Ila was an 8 yo (cask strength) from the SMWS at a tasting held by Jim McEwan in October 2002. Fabulous stuff it was.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:08 pm

Gordon you did it now..chances of Nick opening that bottle are pretty damn good I'd say! :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:09 pm

I think that's it for the tasting notes , heading over to the SOI chatroom for the T-A-D .

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:11 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:I've just added water to dram 2 and it really increases the oilyness and makes it more like the 12 yo OB. The flavours are still good but not as clean/crisp, much duller. On Ganga's scale, the 12 yo OB would rate as a 6/7 with me and the 10 yo OMC as a 9/10.

There really is something brilliant about a young Caol Ila at high strength. My introduction to Caol Ila was an 8 yo (cask strength) from the SMWS at a tasting held by Jim McEwan in October 2002. Fabulous stuff it was.


Agreed Steve, nothing like a young SMWS Caol Ila. I'm hooked. As far as Ganga's scale, I'd rate the 53.108 a 8/9, with the 53.109 a 7.5/8.5 I guess. I've only opened 53.109 today, so I need to give it more time I guess, but it's a nice one!

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:12 pm

Ganga,

Would a 55 be compareable to a 5.5 on the scale you and Mikey use?

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:16 pm

Well I'm right into this bottle now aren't I. I just do NOT want to finish off 53.108, and this is my only other CI right now :(

Sample #4
SMWS Cask # 53.109 Caol Ila 15yr 54.5% ABV


Glass: Riedel Crystal SM Glass (part 2)
Again, not much on the nose here with this glass. I can't help but feel that I'm on the beach, and literally having waves crash down, causing a mist to come my way. Same as the last, I love the presentation on the palate with this glass. Some sweetness on the palate, and very tasty indeed. I can't quite pick out exactly what the sweet taste is though. Also that lovely oily mouth feel, I could chew on this forever. Lots of gentle peat and smokiness in the finish.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:17 pm

Nice note Steve, sounds like one special bottle there!
Thanks, it is, I'm having one more measure before I move on to number 3.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:21 pm

Collector57 wrote:
ryguy wrote:Gordon you did it now..chances of Nick opening that bottle are pretty damn good I'd say! :D

I'm very strong-willed, Ryan :D


You're much stronger than I am then. LOL I cannot resist the temptation. Although I'm getting a little better at it as of late. :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:25 pm

Hi Ryan
53.109 - sounds like a nice dram you have there.
Dram #2 is back to its best without any water.
Enjoy
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:27 pm

Ganga wrote:Yes, but we use whole numbers. So a decision must be made as to 5 or 6. There is a little more freedom here to express where exactly that "5" is.


That makes sense, thanks for the explanation. :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:28 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Hi Ryan
53.109 - sounds like a nice dram you have there.
Dram #2 is back to its best without any water.
Enjoy
Steve


Yes, and yours sounds very nice as well.
Cheers! :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:29 pm

Hi Nick
How long have you had 53.37?
Steve

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:30 pm

Cheers Everyone! I have a party to attend and I have to step away for a while. Possibly be back later with the all nighters! :D

I really enjoyed this! :D :D :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:51 pm

I have now torn myself away from dram 2 and moved on to number 3

Dram 3 - Douglas Laing Old & Rare Bottled for the Whisky Shop, Caol Ila 28 yo 54.2%, distilled Feb 79, bottled Sept 07, 261 bottles

Nose - Old friend peat smoke, but also a candy sweetness (new for me) and a definite mint character. Enticing. No nose prickle. I'm enjoying the nose!
Taste - If I must(joke), oaky like you'd expect (distinguishing, not unpleasant), peat coming through, then a salty character which really gets me salivating
Finish - Gentle, warming, spices lingering, very pleasant and soothing indeed, touch of cleansing and cooling peppermint at the death once the peat smoke has had its say
Comment - Superb. 10/10 on the Ganga scale. Whisky for the major gods.
I will sleep very well tonight having met this friend!

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:05 pm

Hi Nick

Yes, it's a belter. I usually like CI quite young (8-12) but this one really has opened my eyes. Only available at The Whisky Shop chain. I only have a wee sample, full bottle probably about £150

Lucky me, I know and I give thanks to the whisky gods for being so kind to me!

Steve

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:21 pm

Hi Ganga

Thanks for your reply - very interesting vatting. My previous experience of an older whisky was Glenury Royal (31 year old from Signatory) - the oak dominated and put me off older whiskies. In this CI it is there but not overbearing.

Slange
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:26 pm

Hi Ganga

"Now there is a good man, giving homage to the Wisky Gods."

I find it important to give praise where it is due, amen to that!

Steve

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:48 pm

That's me for the night, I've enjoyed contributing to the forum, a very enjoyable experience, certainly enjoyed my drams

Take care, till the next time (keep on dramming)
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:25 am

Great job indeed Ganga, thanks for the effort put forth monthly to organize the tastings. I really enjoyed this! :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby blawder » Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:50 am

Damn. I finally get here and all the brits and scots are asleep and the yanks are... well... doing whatever we do.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:55 am

:evil: :twisted: :evil: :coffee: :twisted: :evil: :evil: :oops: :evil: :twisted: :headbang:

I forgot about the tasting, fell asleep very early. Will read the thread now, hope you had a nice time.
Anybody in for a retasting tonight?

Just read the thread and it look like a very nice tasting, I missed something!

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:13 am

Hi Ganga

Thanks very much for the effort put into organising last night's tasting - much appreciated. I have voted Macallan for next month, chosen Friday 16, second choice would be Sat 17, but all dates should be good for me.

Cheers
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Matt2 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:21 pm

:oops: Sorry everyone, I didn't get back in time to set this up and no time to get samples. I will do better for the next one .... But it looks like you all had a good evening anyway.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:39 pm

Willie JJ, you were missed. :(

Hopefully we'll see you for next months tasting!! :D

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby TheTross » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:54 pm

Yeah, I also missed this one unfortunately - second successive time I've dipped out on the live tastings! :twisted:. Oh well, I'll hopefully be around for the next one - especially if it turns out to be Lagavulin...

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby blawder » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:58 am

And for all my excitement... and purchase of 12yo and 18yo... I was called away BOTH NIGHTS... still enjoying the malts, though.

Looking forward to next month...


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